Friday, September 21, 2012

Glenn Willard Reynolds, Pearl Harbor Survivor

Glenn Reynolds was born February 21, 1921 and grew up on a farm in rural Alabama, one of eleven children to a poor farmer.  He passed peacefully from this life on May
7, 2012.

Glenn proudly served his country in the United States Navy.  He enlisted in 1939 at the age of 18.  He was aboard the USS Maryland at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed by the Japanese.   He went on to serve in North Africa and, eventually, London, where he met his beautiful wife, Catherine McGale.

Glenn later served in the war in Korea, for two and a half years.  After Korea, Glenn and Catherine traveled the world and eventually settled in El Paso, Texas with their three children.

They moved to Alabama for a period of time, and then to Kyle, Texas in 2003, in order to be near their first born granddaughter, Ireland.

Glenn enjoyed reading, fishing, working on car engines, coin collecting, gardening and watching baseball games.

Glenn was known to all as a true Southern Gentleman and he enjoyed telling folks many great war stories.

Glenn was pleased, and honored, to attend the reunion of Pearl Harbor Survivors last year in Washington.

A Memorial Service was held at St. Anthony Marie de Claret Catholic Church in Kyle, Texas on May 14, 2012.

On August 31st, members of the Austin Area Patriot Guard Riders were honored to lead an informal family procession from Kyle to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas.  There the Reynolds family was welcomed by Centex Area Patriot Guard Riders who had formed a line of American flags around the committal shelter.

An Army Chaplain, a Catholic Priest, led the family in The Lord's Prayer, performed the rite of committal and sprinkled holy water on the urn containing Glenn's cremains.

Glenn's dear wife of 68 years carried the urn to the columbarium wall, where her daughter placed the urn into a niche of the wall, to be sealed for all time, whereby "the heroic legend of the Reynolds family has turned the next page of his existence, one fulfilled life leading to another!"

Left to cherish Glenn's memory are his wife, their three children, two sons and one daughter, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many other dear family and friends.

"Thank you Dad for instilling the strong beliefs and strength in all of us that we have built our lives upon.  We will miss you and love you for all the wonderful things that you taught us and did for us."

With thanks to Pennington Funeral Home for biographical information and photograph.

USS Maryland in foreground, capsized USS Oklahoma in background

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